New York, NY (April 12, 2012)—The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce the launch of the Gilder Lehrman Home for History at www.gilderlehrman.org, a comprehensive and interactive destination for American history online.

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I take up my pen: Letters from the Civil War

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This online exhibition is adapted from a 2008 exhibition of original Civil War soldiers’ letters at the Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park, which opened in April 2008.

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The drummer boy, visibly hardened from his battle experience, returns home to hi
The fourth page of a letter from Joseph Jones, a Union soldier, to his wife in I
The first page of a letter from David Smith, a Union soldier, to his family in N
The second page of a letter from Edward K. Ward, a Confederate officer, to his s
Henry Berckhoff of New York evocatively illustrated the battle of Cross Keys, Vi
The first page of a letter from Union soldier George Tillotson to his wife in Ne
The first page of a letter from Confederate soldier John P. Nugent to his mother
Men and officers of the 114th Pennsylvania enjoy a card game in August 1865. The
Routines of camp come to life in this watercolor by a Union soldier, Private Hen
Here the men of Co. E, 4th United States Colored Infantry are photographed in th
A broadside recruiting African American soldiers for the Union Army. Note Freder
The second page of a letter from Union officer John P. Jones to his wife in Illi
Virginian Christian Epperly describes his despair about the Southern cause in th
General Orders No. 1, issued January 2, 1863, conveyed the Emancipation Proclama
"The Union Is Dissolved!"  a broadside notifying South Carolinians that their le
'Dividing the National Map,' a campaign poster from the presidential election of
Elizabeth Tillotson with Georgiana (standing) and Lucy in 1862. Son Leon is on t
A letter from Georgiana Tillotson to her father, George, serving in the 89th New
The first page of a letter from Maxine Jones in Cornersville, Tennessee, to her
The first page of A. D. Clifton’s four-page letter to his family in Mississippi,
A drummer boy is depicted writing and receiving letters from home in Thomas Nast
Union soldiers writing letters home from Camp Essex, Maryland, in 1861. Courtesy
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